WBD has appointed Audrey Koh as a partner in the firm's London office. Specialising in white collar crime, Audrey will strengthen the firm's key sectors of expertise, in particular Financial Institutions, Energy and Natural Resources, Pharma, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Real Estate and Technology.

Audrey represents clients in US, UK and multinational regulatory investigations, including those brought by the US Department of Justice, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the US Federal Reserve, the UK Serious Fraud Office (where she spent 16 months on secondment), the UK Competition and Markets Authority and various other international regulators.

She has led numerous cross-border investigations focused on anti-bribery laws, for example the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act, sanctions, financial fraud and revenue recognition in countries like Russia, China, France, Switzerland, Finland, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Australia, the UK and US.

Audrey also regularly advises clients on anti-bribery, anti-corruption, sanctions and corporate governance compliance, due diligence and related training.

Jonathan Blair, UK Managing Partner at WBD, commented:

"We're delighted to welcome Audrey to the firm and to our fast-growing London office. Her track record advising clients in the UK, US and across other jurisdictions on white collar crime, particularly in anti-bribery and anti-corruption, will enhance our offering in a number of our key sectors and her specialism will provide added value to our clients."

Audrey added:

"WBD has an impressive client portfolio across a large number of sectors, which brings many opportunities to work on very exciting projects not only in the UK but also in the US and in Europe. I look forward to working with the team here in London and beyond." 

Audrey's appointment follows a wider recruitment drive particularly in WBD's London office which has seen seven new partners joining the insurance (Tim Barr, Simon Beckwith and Mark Ratcliff), immigration (Andrew Tingley), banking (Matt Williams), finance (Jonny Williams) and data protection (Mark Gleeson) teams in the past couple of months. The firm also strengthened its tax and private wealth practice in London with Bob Savic joining as a senior consultant.